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Atlanta Falcons Stadium Guide: The Georgia Dome

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View from my seats at the Georgia Dome prior to Atlanta Falcons game

The Georgia Dome has been home to the Atlanta Falcons for 20 years. The once peach and green eyesore has been renovated extensively by Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons. The Georgia Dome now boasts the proud black, red, and white of the Atlanta Falcons. During the upgrades, the Falcons added giant high definition displays. They also replaced the green seats with red and black seats.

I must note that I have attended approximately 100 games at the Georgia Dome over the past 11 years. This guide may be slightly biased by those experiences, especially section preferences. With that said, here is everything you need to know about the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta Falcons Stadium Guide

Stadium name:

Georgia Dome

Location: 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313

Maximum capacity: 71,250

Year built: 1992

Parking: Parking is available at the reserved lots seen here. Lots A and B are known as The Gulch. These are tailgating hotbeds and get extremely crowded. Lot C is very convenient, but is almost always filled with season ticket holders. There are various independently operated lots surrounding the Georgia Dome. The prices vary, depending on demand, but usually average between $20 and $25.

Mass transit:

MARTA has a rail station a little over a block from the Georgia Dome. The short walk makes it extremely popular. I have taken MARTA a few times. To be honest, I am not a fan of being pressed towards a speeding train by thousands of inebriated fans. But if sitting in bumper to bumper traffic for an hour after a game is not your cup of tea, then MARTA is a solid option.

Outside entertainment:

Falcons Landing serves as a tailgate alternative to fans. Located on the lawn in front of the Georgia Dome, Falcons Landing has games, a live DJ, and assorted vendors. Falcons Landing operates for all regular season games, but never for preseason.

Security: Before entering the Georgia Dome, all fans must pass a security screening. In 2012, security pat-downs have been replaced with a hand held metal detector. This is a slower process, but less invasive. All hats must be removed, and any sort of purse or backpack opened. I suggest getting to the game a minimum of 30 minutes early.

Smoking: The Georgia Dome is a smoke-free facility. Smokers must report to the service desk to receive a "smoking wristband." This wristband and your ticket will allow smokers to enter and exit the designated smoking areas. They are not kidding when they say both. Lose one or the other, and you will find yourself locked out.

Beer: Beer is plentiful inside and outside the Georgia Dome. You cannot take your outside beer inside, nor can you take your inside beer outside. I see fans arguing with Dome staff about this every game. Literally every game. Beer is sold in plastic cups and plastic bottles. Vendors keep the lids to all bottles as a matter of policy, or so they tell me.

Mixed drinks: The Georgia Dome has cocktail kiosks located on each level for those who prefer an alcoholic beverage other than beer.

Food: Food options vary by level. The lower and mid-level have a few more options like Cajun food. Items like barbecue, pizza, and even Chinese food can be found on all three levels. It is a stadium, so prices are high. A barbecue sandwich will set you back $9. There are some decent values to be found though. They offer a $6 souvenir cup of soda that has unlimited free refills. There is also a similar popcorn deal.

Lower level seating:

Lower level tickets (all aisles in the 100s) will get you closest to the action. It also gets you access to certain merchandise and food vendors unavailable to the upper levels. Lower level fans complained about fans coming down from the upper deck, so access is now limited to those with lower level tickets.

Personally, I am not fond of the views from the lower level. The times I have sat in the 100s I found my view would become obscured due to line of sight issues. This may be a personal taste sort of thing.

Mid-level seating:

The 200s are the best seats in the house. No matter which section you are in, you have a clearer view than the 100s and much closer than the 300s. The issue with the 200s is price and availability.

Upper deck seating: The 300s are the furthest away from the field, but still a great value. I honestly believe that the corner seats in the 300s provide the best viewing experience. The view is completely unobstructed. The fans can be rowdier as well, which is usually a good thing. I have had ample opportunity to move, but I would never leave my seats over the Falcons tunnel.

Bathrooms:

Bathrooms for men and women are located at the entrance of most aisles. These are convenient and the wait relatively short. A warning: men, if you need to sit down then do so prior to kickoff. There are limited stalls, and they will give you nightmares after the first quarter. Also, there are TV monitors on the wall opposite of the urinals. So, watch your feet.

Staff: The staff in the Georgia Dome is surprisingly courteous. In recent years, they have lost patience with unruly fans. They are quick to respond to incidents, which makes games safer for children. Those located at service centers are extremely polite and friendly.

Rules: Like most stadiums, if it explodes or fires projectiles then it is banned. No outside food or drink is allowed into the Georgia Dome. Video cameras and noisemakers are also banned.

Christopher Beheler is a life long Atlanta Falcons fan and season ticket holder since 2001.

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